A transverse fetal position is rare, occurring in approximately one out of 300 deliveries. For women without access to a hospital delivery, a baby in the transverse position (lying sideways, instead of head down) is likely to be stillborn. 26-year-old Kadiatu presented at the hospital in advanced labor, and an ultrasound revealed the baby was lying transverse, making a normal vaginal delivery impossible.
The Mercy surgical staff performed an emergency caesarean section, delivering a baby girl, who was healthy but required resuscitation. "The condition is most common with multiparous patients (multiple births) because of the lax uterus," Dr. Aruna Stevens explained. "The fetus lies in any position that she feels is comfortable because of the large space available, which sometimes causes malpresentation." Kadiatu and her grateful husband credit Dr. Stevens and his team for saving their baby's life.
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